Posts Tagged ‘lent dishes’

Skinny Baked Crispy Crunchy Fish Sticks

These crispy crunchy fish sticks are super easy, baked so they are healthy AND seriously delicious! Whether you a little kid or a big kid, you’ll fall in love with these! High in protein and low in fat, since they are baked to crispy perfection, these fish sticks are a must-make!

So let’s show a raise of hands – how many of you as a kid loved those frozen fish sticks? Yep, me too!  Now, how many of you as an adult still eat them?  Nope, me neither. I’d say honestly somewhere in my late teens I stopped eating them. Which is sad as I loved fish sticks as a kid. Like one of my favorite meals was fish sticks dipped in copious amounts of ketchup (never tartar… gag!) and Mom’s mac ‘n cheese (never the blue box). I think for me it was a come to the realization that there was a whole world of deliciousness waiting for me to partake in.

As I grew into an adult and eventually was living on my own, I never really bought fish or those frozen fish sticks. I cooked other foods but just never fish. I love almost all seafood so why not make it? Dunno. Thankfully Mr. Fantabulous came into my life and was huge into eating healthy and living a high protein diet. At first, the man was all about tuna fish, chicken, and pasta. While I love all 3, there are way more things out there in the world to eat than just that. So I started buying fresh fish.

Cod was a safe bet as you really can’t screw that up – well you can if you overcook it but it’s so hearty and stable. From there we went through phases of tilapia, swai (yeah I read the articles but I still like it), haddock, pollock, and halibut. Monk Fish is to die for but also expensive. I’m not sure if I would use monkfish for fish sticks; kinda seems sacrilegious in a way. For this recipe, I went with haddock but you can go with whatever your local grocer has. And I know what you’re thinking “Can I use frozen fresh fish?” – the answer is yes. Just let it thaw properly (I thaw mine in the fridge), cut it and pat it dry before making the recipe.
Fish Sticks – what do you dip yours in?

15 Minute Creamy Lemon Pepper Parmesan Pasta with Langostino

Just 15 minutes is all you need to make this Creamy Lemon Pepper Parmesan Pasta dish with your choice of langostino, shrimp or lobster! It’s super easy and seriously delicious!

Did you ever have one of those dishes that just…happened? Like you’re hungry but none of your ‘usuals’ sound good so you decide to wing it and pretty much throw stuff together and hope for the best? Sometimes they are complete and utter failures (i.e, my mulberry cheesecake that was so bad even the dog wouldn’t eat it) and then other times they are so freaking amazing that you devour it pretty much before it hits the plate. And I bet on those dishes that were truly stellar you didn’t quite write down the ingredients or amounts used so when you tried to recreate it, it wasn’t quite right. Yeah, that’s happened to me too.

But not this time! See I learned my lesson years ago. I made this one sauce recipe on the fly and it was so good we literally were scraping the jar clean. I figured “Eh, I got this, a pinch of this, a smidge of that and easy peasy. Recreated deliciousness!” WRONG! It was good but it never was the same. To this day I still can’t make it like I did that day. So now I keep a pen and notepad in the kitchen at all times. And this is a pad/pen that Mr. Fantabulous has been banned from using/touching/even looking at as those are my kitchen lifelines to recipe development.

This recipe today is thanks to my kitchen lifelines.

The backstory: I didn’t have any Sunday gravy made and honestly didn’t feel like it. I had a bag of lemons that I had to use up – see I wanted to make lemonade but I ‘butterflied’ and just never gave it a 2nd thought. And I had a few bags of cooked langostino that I bought as I really wanted to make a tortellini soup with it. Yeah…none of those recipes happened
You seriously are going to make this over and over and over!

Zucchini Ricotta Veggie Burgers

Veggies burger are part of the “norm” and rightly so.  They are delicious, hearty and can stack up to your traditional burgers.  These Zucchini Ricotta Veggie burgers are juicy, hearty and perfect for you meat-free meals!

Are you a burger purist?  Do you insist that a burger is comprised of beef and nothing else?  Do you scoff at the thought of a chicken or turkey burger?  Does the mention of a veggie burger make you shudder in pure disdain? Well this post isn’t for you. However I think you’re a fool to skip past this post and recipe.  I kid you not; you’re seriously missing out on something truly incredible and delicious.  Be a rebel here. Be like those folks that decided to try salted caramel or candied bacon.

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It’s funny as growing up veggies were my nemesis.  I would turn my nose up at the thought of eating zucchini.  I was all about the beef (’bout that beef, ’bout that beef.. sorry was channeling Meghan Trainor there for a minute). I was one of those burger snobs.  Burgers had to beef and nothing else.
Be a Burger Rebel and make these delicious burgers!

Italian Veggie Stuffed Zucchini Boats Starring Ragu Homestyle Thick & Hearty Pasta Sauce

Ah summer… the sun is shining, days seem longer and gardens are producing tons of fresh fruits and veggies.   There is nothing better than garden fresh veggies. Crisp peppers, corn on the cob, zucchini for days and vine ripened tomatoes.  However living in Pittsburgh we have all but a brief window of time where we can grow our own veggies like that.  Nothing is better than homemade pasta sauce with garden fresh garlic, herbs and those juicy tomatoes.  Well thankfully RAGÚ came out with their new Homestyle pasta sauces!  You can get garden fresh taste with that rich homestyle way just like Nonna!  So when the great folks from RAGÚ reached out to me to check out their new RAGÚ Homestyle pasta sauces I was ecstatic.  You see RAGÚ Homestyle pasta sauce is about tradition, family and amazing flavors.  So today I’m sharing with you my Italian Veggie Stuffed Zucchini Boats Starring Ragu Homestyle Thick & Hearty Pasta Sauce.  Get on the boat to YUMVILLE with this dish!

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This time around I decided to go with their Homestyle Thick & Hearty Roasted Garlic pasta sauce. Since this dish was meatless I really wanted to give the veggie filling tons of flavors.  This sauce was the perfect way to go! Rich, thick, bold and the roasted garlic flavor was amazing!

Don’t miss this boat ride to YUMVILLE!

Grilled Pollock Flatbread Pizza with Slaw and Mexican Crema

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #Swapyourburger #CollectiveBias

Whether you’ve been in the TKW Family for years or a day you’ve quickly learned that pizza is my absolute all time favorite food in the entire world.  A tie for second is anything bacon or anything seafood.  Well when the amazing folks from Trident Seafoods® were looking for ways to swap out your regular burger with their Wild Alaskan Pollock Burgers I jumped at the opportunity to work with them. As I get older I find myself, while still a huge beef lover, leaning more and more towards fish and chicken for my protein.  What I love specifically about pollock and these Wild Alaskan Pollock Burgers is they are mild in flavor like cod and provides all the benefits of seafood. They also are extremely low in fat, calories and cholesterol.  And most important they taste AMAZING!

Grilled Pollack Flatbread Pizza11 Fire up the grill and make these AMAZING Grilled Pollack Flatbread Pizzas! Pizza night just got REAL!

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